Democracy and participation, Communities

East-West Side Stories


Who is behind this?

European Dialogue Forum

European Dialogue Forum


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We create alternative and functioning shared narratives of East-West EU cohesion. The perceived East-West value divide fuels populism and threatens EU unity. In response, we build an arena for in-depth reflection on the roots and nuances of perceived East-West differences. We engage regular citizens and community champions from diverse backgrounds in a guided storytelling process, to overcome the impasse from a narrative standpoint, and to provide a common value roadmap for pro-EU stakeholders.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin; Sibiu, Romania - in parallel to the Sibiu EU Summit, under the 2019 Romanian presidency

Why does Europe need your idea?

The project will create original narratives products reflecting participants’ perceptions and cross-regional experiences, as inspiration and evidence for decision makers and other actors looking for answers regarding the future of the troubled East-West relation in Europe.

What is your impact?

The project aims to unblock the current narrative of “divide” in East-West relations and trigger the awareness of a wider public for the everyday protagonists of the East-West dynamic, showing what regular citizens need and think, beyond the more often showcased positions of their governments.

How do you get there?

We address East-West differences head on and at eye-level dialogue, taking the debate beyond governments and into the realm of everyday citizens, with: 1)a blog series showcasing experiences of living, learning and working in both East and West EU (e.g. mixed East-West families), and contributions of selected out-of-the box thinkers; 2) storytelling lab on alternative narrative frames and content for East-West cohesion, with selected stakeholders, 3) publicized through pan-EU media partnerships.

What is your story?

Building on our personal East-West backgrounds, we acknowledge the need and potential of enabling East-West “regional translation” skills on a wider level, to facilitate more genuine exchange between EU citizens East-West, to effectively fight misperceptions and enable new common narratives.

Who are you doing it for?

We trigger and guide the most innovative local thinkers and pro-EU champions in East and West EU to offer alternative answers to EU audiences interested in but possibly hesitant about East-West integration.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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